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Near Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

U.S.A. Naval Forces, Western Division

Commodore Andrew H. Foote, U.S. Navy

 
 
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1. U.S.A. Naval Forces, Western Division Marker
Inscription.  
U.S.S. St. Louis, Flagship, Lieutenant Leonard Paulding
U.S.S. Louisville, Commander Benjamin M. Dove
U.S.S. Pittsburgh, Lieutenant Egbert Thompson
U.S.S. Carondelet, Commander Henry Walke
U.S.S. Conestoga, Lieutenant S. Ledyard Phelps
U.S.S. Tyler, Commander William Gwin

On February 12, 1862, about 11:20am, the U.S.S. Carondelet arrived below Fort Donelson and fired a number of rounds into the fort as a signal of arrival to General Grant. Captain Ross returned the fire with the rifled gun and the Columbiad and the gunboat retired to her anchorage without having caused damage.

On February 13, in the morning, the U.S.S. Carondelet again came up the river and fired 139 rounds at a range of about one-half mile. Captain Ross' 10-inch rifled gun returned the fire. One of its shots, a 128 pound solid, passed through the forward casemate, struck the steam heater, and fell into the engine room without hitting anyone, although several of the ship's crew were injured by splinters. The 32-pounder guns of the water batteries opened fire later but the range proved excessive. The gunboat dropped down the
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river but came back and fired 45 additional rounds before returning to her anchorage.

On February 14, about 2pm, the entire fleet under Commodore Foote steamed up the river. The four ironclads, the St. Louis, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Carondelet abreast from right to left, the wooden gunboats, Tyler and Conestoga, some distance to the rear. At 3pm, the fleet opened fire at a range of about one mile and threw a shower of projectiles against the fort and the batteries. While the boats closed in slowly to within 400 yards, the water and fort batteries returned the fire with equal intensity and great accuracy. The action lasted about one and one-half hours and terminated with the disabling of the four armored boats. The flagship alone received 59 hits. The federal casualties were 54 killed and wounded. Commodore Foote was injured when a shell entered the pilot house of the flagship and killed the pilot. The Confederate garrison, in spite of the intense bombardment, suffered no casualties.
 
Erected 1930 by War Department.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 12, 1862.
 
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29.718′ N, 87° 51.414′ W. Marker is near Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from Lock D Loop north of Lock D Road when traveling north. At Fort Donelson Tour Stop 4 (River Batteries), walk down around the artillery battery and the marker is on the river shore. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Gunboat Pittsburgh (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Louisville (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Gunboat Carondelet (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Gunboat St. Louis (within shouting distance of this marker); Killed By a Loose Bolt (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbiad vs. Carondelet (within shouting distance of this marker); See Me Take a Chimney! (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconstructed Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Civil War Trust - Andrew Foote. (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
2. Fort Donelson Homepage. (Submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on May 13, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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